The CNMAT Guitar Innovation Group

Adrian Freed, Director

Goal

Co-ordinate multidisciplinary energies towards significant innovation for the guitar and related string instruments.

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Guitar Related Events 2004

March 2004

Date Time Location Who What Cost Details
Thursday, March 4  5 pm  CNMAT  Ron Smith  Talk  Free

Ron Smith, a graduate of the doctoral program at UC Berkeley, will demonstrate certain techniques of guitar playing and composition from the past century or so that are not found in orchestration texts. The discussion will explore topics of techniques idiomatic to the guitar such as alternate tunings, cross string techniques, harmonics and percussive uses of the instrument as well as less conventional methods of sound production with the instrument. Further discussion will include using the guitar in mixed instrumental ensembles and guitar with electronics.

Ron has been commissioned by CNMAT to compose a piece for guitar and computer. His piece will make use of the CNMAT/GIBSON guitar tools (Max/MSP based) that were developed in connection with CNMAT's research relationship with Gibson guitar.

 Friday, March 5  8 pm  CNMAT  Debashish Bhattacharya  Concert  $15 general, $10 students  Debashish Bhattacharya is the world's foremost interpreter of indian classical music on steel guitar. He will use each of his newly introduced Trinity of Guitars in these concerts. His designs combine numerous features of western steel guitar technology in innovative ways to provide the expressive range and timbral qualities necessary for traditional indian music.
"Debashish Bhattacharya's masterly performance of Raga Bhimpalasi.is showing Viswa Mohan Bhatt's crown is about to be stolen by young prince - Bhattacharya - One of the truly most lyrical musicians playing in any style."
---Dirty Linen, USA, September 1999
 Saturday, March 6  9 am - 5pm  CNMAT  Debashish Bhattacharya Hindustani Slide Guitar Workshop  Contact Adrian Freed for info: adrian@cnmat.berkeley.edu  Debashish Bhattacharya presents and all-day Hindustani Slide Guitar Workshop
 Saturday, March 6  8 pm  CNMAT  Debashish Bhattacharya  Concert  $15 general, $10 students   Debashish Bhattacharya is the world's foremost interpreter of indian classical music on steel guitar. He will use each of his newly introduced Trinity of Guitars in these concerts. His designs combine numerous features of western steel guitar technology in innovative ways to provide the expressive range and timbral qualities necessary for traditional indian music.
"Debashish Bhattacharya's masterly performance of Raga Bhimpalasi.is showing Viswa Mohan Bhatt's crown is about to be stolen by young prince - Bhattacharya - One of the truly most lyrical musicians playing in any style."
---Dirty Linen, USA, September 1999
 Sunday, March 28  4pm  CNMAT  Marsh, Vincent, and Lage Trio  Concert  $15  Marsh, Vincent, and Lage consist of George Marsh on drums, Randy Vincent on guitar, and Julian Lage on guitar. Drawing heavily on their diverse musical and generational influences they are an atypical jazz trio. Musical roles are mixed and reversed. Drums become melodic, guitars become percussive; they all become interchangeable. The musicís improvisational chamber like approach contrasts the ever-changing exploration of time signatures and polyphony. While the breadth of their musical experiences is great the sum of their collaboration is even greater.

April 2004

Date Time Location Who What Cost Details
Saturday, April 17   CNMAT CAL Day  Open House   Adrian Freed will present and demonstrates the fruits of CNMAT's Guitar Innovation Group

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